Old Chicago Black Diamond Chocolate Porter | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by emmasdad on 01-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Thullin187:
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tempest
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the Old Chicago in Roseville, MN. It appeared dark brown and wow, it sure smelled like chocolate. There's not a lot else to say about the beer. I've never smelled or tasted such a richly chocolate porter, stout, or any other style of beer. It's a clean and clean dark chocolate character - not quite baker's chocolate, but around a 70% cacao bar. The beer's a touch on the sweet and thick side for my liking, but it's certainly worth ordering for dessert.

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Photo of DonDirkA
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of DanInTheCan
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Jesse13713
1.83/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Quite a dark and rich brown that is mostly opaque. Decent lacing and clumpy froth.

Smell - A slightly stale and unpleasant smell. It smells slightly medicinal with coffee note lingering int he background. No real hint of chocolate makes itself known.

Taste - Not to be harsh, but this tasted like chocolaty cough syrup. The chocolate notes were weak and the medicinal taste overpowered any hint of cocoa or chocolate. A heavy stale coffee taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Medium bodied only because of it's syrup qualities. To make sure this just wasn't my taste buds acting up, I passed it around the table. Three other people mentioned that it tasted like cough syrup. I hate to put down Boulder, but this just was a very poor beer. Perhaps I will like my next offering from them.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of sneakymagician
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Old Chicago in Kentwood, Michigan. Chocolate dominates the taste, with vanilla and some bitterness to balance things. I had a couple of them - goes well with pizza. Not my favorite porter, because I like Anchor Porter more, but I'd have it again.

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Photo of Hopmarc
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Old Chicago in Wichita's Oldtown. I had not heard of it until I saw it on the menu.

Served in a porter glass, delivered with one finger of head, which was a creamy light brown. Lacing was exquisite. Body was a dark brown that allowed just a hint of light to pass.

Aroma was of espresso, cocoa and roasted malt. Fairly strong.

Flavor followed the nose with some alcohol. Again strong, but pleasant.

Mouthfeel was creamy, slightly bitter and remained on the tongue.

Overall, I really liked this beer. Enough that I asked for a growler, which they didn't have.

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Photo of d5001986
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of emmasdad
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night at Old Chicago (somewhere north of Denver) on the way back from the Avery Margarete release. Poured a nice chocolatey color with a decent tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark, bitter chocolate and vanilla. Medium bodied and drinkable, with more chocolate, roasted malt and cocoa. A nice porter.

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Photo of MichaelBuck
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BierStein711
2.71/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting more.

Served in shaker pint

Smell was of roasted malts and cocoa.

Taste: Chocolate milk, nothing else. After the fourth sip, it becomes a gulper because you want to finish it. Metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: weird and metallic, a little watery.

This is a beer I will never have again.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TheMcTwaten
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminded me of a chilled cocoa. The head on it is super creamy and leaves a fantastic dense lacing. The color is a very deep brown color pretty much black. The aroma isn't super chocolatey, it's got More malts on the nose which is surprising because of the flavor this beer has. The flavor is dry and rich with dark chocolate. It's mildly sweet but mostly dry and roasted. Pretty nice brew.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Old Chicago Saturday.

It poured black , small head of foam, a little bit of lacing.

The smell was big time chocolate, light roast, some caramel sweetness.

The taste followed the smell and was so delicious. Not at all artificial tasting just nice chocolate/cocoa notes dominating a brew with chocolate in the name. ;^)

Good creamy mouthfeel and easy to drink though I think the abv, what ever it is, isn't as low as I thought from my first sip to my last. Very good brew.

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Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Rayek
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Wilderness Pub. Served in a shaker pint glass. The beer is nearly pitch black with a thick cream head. Retention is good and bits of lace are left behind.

Baking chocolate is front and center. Its bittersweet flavor carries the beer. Bitterness is light and roasted, lending a hint of espresso. The medium body is sticky and has a little too much fizz.

Overall, a nice chocolate beer. I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Dan_Inreallife
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft a few years back. From my notes:

Black liquid.

Khaki head; spotty lace.

Chocolate syrup nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Similar to Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate stout, a chocolate blast in the flavor. A nice hop bite on the back end elevates this.

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Old Chicago Black Diamond Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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